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Mealworm Farming

Thanks to companies like Rainbow Mealworms they are easy to purchase and simple to feed. Although there is an initial investment to meal worm farming, the pay off is quite nice and in some cases you can even make money by selling your worms.

The meal worm farm is the cheapest farm you can possibly buy.

The first thing you will need to start farming your own meal worms is obviously the farm itself. Some use a plastic 3 drawer organizer or 3 separate containers. The reason for 3 drawers is you’ll need to separate the worms as they go through their life cycles from worm to pupa to beetle and back again. Containers will need a layer approximately 2 inches deep and also some sort of moisture for the worms to drink from usually just in the form of a cut potato or carrot. You can use an all natural wheat bran,non - instant oat meal or there is premade if you prefer. Either Way you will want to make sure the feed the worms consume as well as bedding is safe for your gliders. The same is applicable for any insects you feed them. Feed them right by using a good substrate.

The first drawer contains the worms themselves. This initial purchase of worms can either be bought in bulk from an online distributor or through your local pet store. You will want to start with about 500-2000 worms.

The second drawer will contain the pupa. This you’ll gather from the first drawer. These are easy to distinguish because you will most likely find them on the top of the substrate, motionless, and will be a creamy white color. Their color will slowly turn to brown during its pupation which may take anywhere from three days up to one month.

The third drawer contain the beetles which "hatch" from the pupa. The Tenebrio molter are then left in this drawer on the same substrate as in the other two, where they will eventually lay up to three hundred eggs. As these eggs hatch into worms and the worms get large to strain out, they will be placed into the first drawer and the cycle will begin all over again.

Mealworm Nutritional Information:

Fat 27.2%, Protein 49.6%, Carbohydrates 6.9 grams/100,

Calories 471 calories/100 grams

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